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Solar Panel Power

By Charlie Bursey Solar power for those of you who may not know, is the energy taken from the sun and converted to electrical energy. The solar panels are semi-conductors that we often see on the roof tops that absorb the radiation from the sun which in turn releases electrons that are converted to electricity. Solar energy can also be ...

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Flue Pipe Design

by George Lanthier*   This taken from our book “Advanced Residential Oilburners” and applies to powerburners both gas and oil and most other “fan-assisted” applications. The figure numbering sequence is to maintain our Copyright. Good vents and flue pipes should be of the proper size and design. They must also be properly assembled, secured, and in pressure applications be made ...

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A Few Tricks

by George Lanthier This is an article about a few tricks that just might come in handy for you sometime. The first one features my fictional buddies, Bruce and Bubba in an older adventure that is still very much current in content. Bubba is on what was supposed to have been the last call of the day when he comes ...

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With Friends Like This…

Keith Reid At the bottom of every press release issued by the American Petroleum Institute is the following statement: API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. That is technically true. And API has been useful at various ...

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PERC Funds

As we went to press in early May, propane associations from across the country were weighing in on potential changes to the Propane Education & Research Council Assessment Rebate and Partnership with States programs.   In 2016 both of these programs are slated to provide an aggregate of about $9,600,000 to state and regional propane associations nationwide for safety & training, ...

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Made in The USA?

Like many of you I have listened to all of the presidential hopefuls talk about how they in their own way will make America strong or great. I have throughout my life always looked at the United States as the strongest of all the countries, anyway. However, as I think back to my younger days, like some of you I ...

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Jurisdictional Systems

If you are a propane retailer, chances are you have heard the phrase ‘jurisdictional account” at least once. If you are lucky, you know the term, and either have your jurisdictional house in order—or have no jurisdictional accounts at all. Should neither of the conditions above apply to you, this I something you ought to get up to speed on. ...

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My Kind of Rebate

To say I have a love-hate relationship with rebates would only be halfway truthful. You can drop the love part. My experience with rebates generally involves going to the trouble to fill one out only to never hear from the company again; starting to fill one out but having misplaced or thrown out the box with its barcode, or the ...

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Degree Days

I hope that most of the readers are familiar with the words DEGREE DAY, but if not I will give you a quick overview of the meaning. A heating or cooling degree day is of measurement to determine how hot or cold the temperature has been over a 24-hour cycle. Whenever the temperature is below 65°F, you have what is ...

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Two-Stage

By George Lanthier Here’s an updated article from 1992 that still makes sense. I’ve been a great advocate of “two-stage” operation for a long time. I really think that a commercial burner with low-hi operation is great (if you can’t afford full modulation) and I’m still hoping to see more use of a two-stage residential oilburner before my career ends. ...

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